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This one-day, intensive program will focus on the process for cultivating shiitake mushrooms on natural logs. Program topics will include tree selection, log inoculation, stacking, fruiting, harvesting, material cost, and marketing. Join us for this exciting hands-on workshop.
Between the effects of weather, public policy and consumer variation, risk is omnipresent in agriculture. It is important for farmers to understand how to manage risk for greater reward when participating in the local food systems.
Please join us for this multi-session course starting March 4, 2014 in Leesport, PA. Dairy and livestock producers who are thinking about or intending to transition all or a portion of their farm to grazing are invited to participate.
Join us for Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production, a course for people planning to make the leap from vegetable gardening to production for profit and beginning organic vegetable producers who are ready to refine their techniques in order to optimize their production and profit.
Organic farmers and specialists from across the U.S. will be leading a free webinar series on organic weed management. The webinars will discuss several approaches and practices for managing weeds including crop rotations, cover crops, and soil management.
FSMA, GAPs, Farm Food Safety: these terms are getting tossed around a lot in the agricultural media these days. As a beginning farmer, you need to know what these terms mean, understand how your farm operation may be affected by these new regulations and market standards, and be aware of your role in keeping fresh foods safe.
Cover crop benefits and considerations from recent PASA conference workshop lead by Charlie White, Penn State Extension.
Dairy and livestock producers who are thinking about or intending to transition all or a portion of their farm to grazing are invited to participate in a Grazing School, to be held in March at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA.
Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but were not sure where to start? This is the course for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” bridges the gap between ideas and action by guiding you through an exploratory decision making process. Starting March 12 in Allentown PA this course is geared towards career changers and farm newbies who what to break into agricultural pursuits, as well as farm apprentices interested in launching their own farm business start-ups.
Are you starting a new farm? Do you have an existing small farming operation you would like to improve? “Living on a Few Acres” provides an introduction to essential topics for a new farming operation.
Do you own a farm business and are looking towards the future, perhaps retiring, scaling back from farming or transitioning from a farm business to take on another adventure? If so you will want to mark your calendar to attend one of the “Farm Succession and Transition” workshops being held by PA Farm Link, a non-profit organization dedicated to “creating farming opportunities for the next generation”.
A Farmer –to-Framer workshop will be held March 12, 2014, from 830AM – 300PM at Goodness Grows Farm - 5360 Bedford Valley Rd Bedford, PA 15522. This workshop is to help build the Southern Alleghenies Local Food Network and to help farmers mentor other farmers in the region.
PA-WAgN is sponsoring a Preconference track at this year’s PASA conference on tractor and farm safety.
Michigan State University Extension is offering the 2014 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series beginning in January 2014 on farm business basics, animal-based enterprises and plant-based enterprises.
A one-day workshop to better understand consumer perceptions and factors that drive the ethnic greens and herbs market.
Train-the-trainer program to deliver farm mechanization and tractor education to beginning farmers.
The Greenhouse Short Course is a one-day program as part of the pre-conference sessions at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference. This program is ideal for new greenhouse growers or growers that need more background in basic greenhouse operations and management. We will be covering everything from crop scheduling through pest management strategies through marketing.
Our mission is to support small independent American farms in their efforts for greater environmental and economic health, community engagement, and advocacy that supports sustainable agriculture.
When most Americans envision a farm pictures of lush pastures, fields of ripening crops, and fat grazing cattle come to mind. Yet for the small percentage of Americans actually operating a farm, the images are not always as picturesque. Farmers today face numerous challenges such as high input costs, soaring land prices, and economic uncertainty, just to name a few. One group that has especially felt the pressure of these challenges is beginning farmers. Without years of experience this group can be particularly vulnerable to risk.
During the season everything is a rush. This winter take some time to calibrate your equipment so you have more precise sprays and seedings in the spring.